Powering off compute resources for a NetApp HCI system

To power off NetApp HCI compute resources, you need to power off individual ESXi hosts as well as the vCenter Server Appliance in a certain order.


  1. Log in to the vCenter instance controlling the NetApp HCI system and determine the ESXi machine hosting the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA).
  2. After you have determined the ESXi host running the vCSA, power down all other virtual machines other than the vCSA as follows:
    1. Select a virtual machine, right-click and select Power > Shut Down Guest OS.
  3. Power off all ESXi hosts that are not the ESXi host running the vCSA.
  4. Power off the vCSA. At this point, your vCenter session will fail because the vCSA disconnects during the power-off process.
  5. At this point, all virtual machines should be shut down and only one ESXi host is still powered on. Log in to the ESXi host.
  6. After you log in to the ESXi host, verify that all virtual machines on the host are powered off. If any of the virtual machines are powered on, ensure that you power them off.
  7. After you power off all the virtual machines, shut down the ESXi host. This should disconnect the last of any iSCI sessions open to the NetApp HCI storage cluster.